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Court rejects lawsuits against formation of Constituent Assembly

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Lawsuits challenging the formation of the Constituent Assembly are rejected by Administrative Judiciary Court

Members of Egypt’s constituent assembly discuss the last voting session on a new draft constitution at the Shoura Assembly on November 29, 2012 in Cairo (AFP File Photo)

Members of Egypt’s constituent assembly discuss the last voting session on a new draft constitution at the Shoura Assembly on November 29, 2012 in Cairo
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The Administrative Judiciary Court rejected more than 40 lawsuits filed against the former speaker of the People’s Assembly, the speaker of Shura Council and the minister of parliamentary affairs. The lawsuits sought to challenge the legality of the formation of the Constituent Assembly formed after the constitutional declaration of 30 March 2011, and the reformed assembly after the first was dissolved, reported state-run Al-Ahram.

The lawsuits claimed that the formation of the Constituent Assembly was unconstitutional because it was established on the basis of an unconstitutional declaration made by President Mohamed Morsi. The lawsuits argued that the decision to reform the Constituent Assembly was unconstitutional because it violated the 30 March 2011 constitutional declaration, which said the assembly must be chosen by an elected parliament, said Al-Ahram.

The Constituent Assembly presented Morsi with a controversial draft constitution in December, which was signed into effect by Morsi on 26 December 2012 after a nationwide referendum was carried out. After this the assembly ceased to exist as it had no further function.

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